Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

Translating Trauma: Foreign Language Interpreting in Therapy

Language is an essential part of cultural competence. Therapy with a foreign language interpreter can be awkward but help is available. Beverley Costa PhD offers tips.

The Psychology Behind London's Terrorist Attacker

A recent study found that much tactical planning goes into lone-actor terrorist events.

What Helps Our Plastic Brain Turn Into a Blastic Brain?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Brain Waves
Learn what steps need to be taken to have a blastic brain!
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Eating Disorders: It’s Not All About Food

We often think if we lose those ten pounds, gain muscle or adopt that healthy skin glow then we will feel better to only soon realize our self-esteem is still in the gutter.

Bringing Down the Cost of Healthcare

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Stop The Cycle
There are 3 effective ways to bring down to cost of healthcare without reducing quality or outcomes. These include prevention, early treatment and integrated care.

My Meetings in Vancouver—this one with Tony Robbins

By Stanton Peele on March 21, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We are forever caught in this dilemma in our psychological theory and practice -- trauma as a lifelong cross we bear, resilience and optimism as our guiding lights.

Safe Spaces and Free Speech

Find out what students think about this polarized issue, and give us your own thoughts on the matter.

Impact of Traumatic Stress on Brain Development

New research points to neurobiological sex differences in youth with PTSD.

Is Your Self-Esteem Too High to Be Successful?

By Rob Henderson on March 20, 2017 in After Service
Self-esteem can be dangerous. Here is a better option backed by research.

Recovering From Trauma and Its Obstacles

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in The New Normal
The power of self-care.

The Sustaining Fires of Standing Rock: A Movement Grows

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in Dangerous Ideas
Oil profiteers have awakened a movement that combines a commitment to addressing the trampled rights of Native Americans with a reinvigorated call for climate justice.
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Why Brain Injury Is Misunderstood: "But, You Look So Good!"

If you saw a person with a broken arm, would you hold the door? How about a person with a brain injury?

Grandparents Affected by Adult Child Divorce

One of the lesser-mentioned advantages of co-parenting after divorce is that it can strengthen children's relationships with both sets of grandparents.

Here's Your Brain on Trauma

Have you suffered a trauma and wonder why you feel so anxious and out of control? The answers are in your brain. Learn how trauma affects the brain, and how you can take action.

Different Types of Trauma: Small 't' versus Large ‘T’

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Are you feeling stressed and unable to cope, but don't understand why? There may be good reasons for that.

How To Hang In There When Times Get Tough

I know that the pain of life—relationship breakups, job loss, the loss of loved ones, and other traumas—can set you back for quite a while. Living in your pain is not really living

Why the Clinical Use of Psychedelics May Heal Sexual Trauma

Recent research indicates that psychedelics can assist in healing sexual trauma by increasing the personality trait of openness to new experiences.

The Power of Stories to Heal or Harm

Stories can help us heal from painful life events. They can also divide us from one another and lead to terrible violence.

How to Cope With the Trauma of Online Harassment

Have you experienced online harassment? You may be suffering from symptoms of trauma and not even know it.

Is Gabor Maté Sacrosanct?

By Stanton Peele on March 06, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Gabor Maté's trauma-based approach to addiction, and his workshops, have their own traumatizing effects.

Preventing PTSD After Trauma

Is your PTSD getting little relief from psychological treatments? Emerging technology-based therapies are proving both effective and safe.

What Do Auto Accidents, PTSD, and TBI Have in Common?

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in The New Normal
Is legal common sense an oxymoron?
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When You Can't Forgive

Forgiveness is natural when certain conditions are met. But in the absence of one or more of these, it’s not your fault if you can’t get past it.

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Career Derailment

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Are you in danger of executive derailment? Looking out for the warning signs might help you divert career disaster. New research on workplace bullying, burnout, and PTSD.

The Ways We Grieve

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on February 27, 2017 in The Truisms of Wellness
Despite its inevitability, rarely are we adequately equipped to deal with the pain that follows the death of a loved one. Here are a few ways we experience and cope with loss.

Biofeedback for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

If you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD that have not responded to medications or usual forms of psychotherapy innovative biofeedback approaches may bring relief.
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This Close to Happy, by Daphne Merkin

Why do some people do well and others not when ill with a disease?

A New Paradigm for Psychiatry

The UN has put out a call for a new paradigm for psychiatry, “that could replace the failed medical model that dominates mental health today.”

White House Targets Transgender Students: Bad For Us All

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 24, 2017 in Quite Queerly
No matter what your politics are, it is in the best interest of our collective mental health to protect all of our students, not just some of them.